I am grateful that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ loves me, blesses me and
forgives my sins, I am privileged to worship and serve Him. And while on the
subject of inspiration, I am truly honored to worship with some of the finest
people imaginable at Black Springs Baptist Church.
In December we commemorate the precise day of our pledge of engagement,
Christmas Eve to be exact, and then in May, Otto and I will celebrate our golden
wedding anniversary; that's right everyone, we will be married for fifty years
on May 27th. I am thankful everyday for our continued love and sustained
Otto and I are blessed to have two grown sons who have brought great joy into
our lives; we are forever thankful that the Lord sent them to be our family.
They were precious little boys, good teenagers and have become adults with
principles who not only respect other people; they value the possessions of
their neighbors. They appreciate the contributions of their elders and are
loving and compassionate parents and spouses; what more could you desire.
We could not have chosen better wives for our sons and their children, our "grands"
as I refer to them in my column, are our pride and joys. They call us Mimi and
Papa and they are the bright lights in our lives.
I grew up in a remarkable community, Richland, Georgia to be exact, my hometown
and the setting for many columns, a town filled with distinguished people and
notable characters. I am blessed to have countless friends but believe it or
not, two of my chosen sister-friends have always been a part of my life. For
years we have been citizens of Milledgeville/Baldwin County where there are also
numerous interesting inhabitants and famous residents.
For nearly thirty years I was honored to work with some of the finest
professionals you could find; my position at Georgia Military College evolved
over the years from primarily working with the prep school to during the last
ten years predominately with the junior college students but it was always
filled with challenges and great satisfaction. You teach people about
performing community service by word and deed; I was known all over the district
as possessing my own "Army" of volunteers and I took great pride in showcasing
their talents far and wide.
One will probably never attain more career satisfaction than bringing national
recognition to the institution in which you work, and that is exactly what I did
just months before my retirement. By capturing and documenting the energy,
service and good deeds of countless staff, faculty and students, we were
recognized by the President of the United States.
Brenda S. Brown